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Ritual Killing of the Living Dead

The Ritual of Killing of The Living Dead – performed according to the old burying rituals in Transylvania, is meant to introduce the visitor to the genuine Transylvanian folklore and reveal how Romania had no knowledge of vampires until Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel. The event will familiarize the guests with the Romanian terminology associated with the living dead – the strigoi and moroi. A great deal of the elements used to assure the passing of a supposed strigoi or moroi is still in use even today: candles, incense, garlic, holy water, basil. The body of the supposed strigoi is laid to rest in a coffin and is surrounded by family and friends. A priest conducts the ceremony meant to set free the captive soul. Gathered around the coffin the family was part of the ritual holding candles to guide the soul into the night, surrounding the coffin 3 times symbolising the holy trinity, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. At the end of the ritual a wooden steak was put through the heart of the deceased.  




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Special notes & info

Please bring your own costume for masquerade party!
The garlic, cross and the survival techniques are on us!
Once you realise the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return to your country.
Plenty of English is spoken and you will find the people are friendly and open.
No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.


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